Incredible Israel

Rabbi Berk’s sermon given on Friday, December 18, 2015. On Sunday our 11th graders leave on Beth Israel’s Shearn and Linda Platt Teen Trip to Israel. I can’t tell you how proud I am of Beth Israel for developing this program; how grateful I am to Shearn and Linda Platt,

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My Israel Experience

by Noa Eaton My trip to Israel this summer was absolutely incredible. I went with NFTY EIE, which is a an academic program that  studies Jewish history and Hebrew on a kibbutz in the Judean Hills. We have teachers and tests, but the country is our classroom. I traveled to

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Connecting To Israel

by Sarah Levy When I got off the plane at Ben Gurion airport, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of belonging. From the first word spoken in Hebrew, I felt a connection to the people I met. Going on a teen trip was different than any other trip I took

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A Wedding in Israel

by Janice Alper Israel is always like coming home for me and this was no exception.  The purpose this time was a ‘first’ for me—to attend a family wedding.  Eliora Leichman, the daughter of my Kibbutz cousins, Rabbi Miri Gold and David Leichman had set her wedding date for July

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My Israel Experience

by Emma Voit This summer, I took the most amazing trip of my life with NFTY in Israel. I spent four full weeks travelling up and down the state of Israel with 49 kids, many of whom I have been going to camp with for many years through Wilshire Boulevard

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From Poland to Masada

by Ellen Horowitz A scraggly band of teenagers walked into Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport during a thunderstorm. The emotions on their faces were hard to read. It was as if they had aged fifty years, exhausted and numb to their surroundings. But as their four hours in the airport began

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Journey to Israel

by Elissa Shuchter For as long as I can remember, I felt a “pull” to visit Israel. But it took me until eight years after my retirement to finally get there and the timing could not have been better! During the three years preceding my trip, I joined CBI, regularly

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